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Northwest Bearcats

Press Release


Sept. 14, 2012

Chappelear anchors the Bearcat defense

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Kickoff: 1 p.m.
Bearcat Stadium/Mel Tjeerdsma Field (6,500)
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Rankings (AFCA/D2Football):

Northwest: 13/11
Fort Hays State: NR/NR

Series: Northwest leads all-time 14-12-1; Northwest also leads the all-time series in Maryville, 10-5-1 and has won the eight meetings

Northwest: Adam Dorrel (Northwest '97) 12-4(2nd season)
Central Missouri: Chris Brown (Pittsburg State '96) 4-9 (2nd season)

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By David Boyce

Although a high ankle sprain hampered Travis Chappelear last season, Northwest Missouri State football coaches knew he had the talent to make an impact on defense.

Chappelear, now a senior nose guard and defensive tackle, transferred to Northwest last season after spending the previous two years at Missouri State.

By playing for the Bears, Chappelear was close to his hometown of Urbana, Mo. But Chappelear decided it was time for a change.

“He contacted us when he left Missouri State,” Northwest coach Adam Dorrel said.

The atmosphere at Northwest sold Chappelear, who arrived to Bearcat land as a defensive end.

“The atmosphere is tremendous here,” he said. “This is a long ways from home, but I love it here.”

The Northwest coaching staff loved what they saw in Chappelear.

“We bulked him up and moved him inside,” Dorrel said.

Chappelear was set to make plays for the Bearcats at the start of last season, but he rolled his ankle in fall camp and that delayed his progress.

“It was real tough,” Chappelear said. “I had to sit out three or four weeks.”

Chappelear saw action in 12 games last season. He finished with 17 tackles and 2.5 sacks. He also forced two fumbles.

Entering Saturday’s home game against Fort Hays State, Chappelear already has 13 tackles and one forced fumble.

“He is playing really well for us,” Dorrel said. “He is commanding a double team on runs and passes, and he’s really doing a good job getting off blocks. The thing that we are pleased with is he is playing hard. He is running to the football.

“We are thankful for what he is doing right now. He has been a real anchor on the defensive line.”

The 31 points Northwest gave up last week in a 31-21 loss at Central Missouri is a bit deceiving. A couple of Central scoring drives came on a short field caused by turnovers.

“We played well enough on defense and special teams to win that game,” Dorrel said. “We didn’t on offense. That is really going to be our focus right now. We have to get more continuity in our passing game with our consistency. We just need to get confidence back.”

Still, Chappelear said the defense needs to clean up a couple of mental errors.

“I think each week we are getting better and better,” Chappelear said. “I have a lot of faith in our defense.”

The thing none of the Bearcats like is losing. They are definitely looking to rebound this weekend.

“We were pretty angry,” Chappelear said of the weekly Sunday evening meeting with coaches. “We have a lot of fire in us for our next game to really step it up.

“Yes, we are going to get it all together.”

Dorrel said the process must start in practice.

“We feel after looking at everything, we’ve just got to practice better,” Dorrel said. “Our practice execution last week was just OK.”

Whatever happens on the field, Saturday’s game will be special for all the Bearcats. They are honoring the service members in Military Appreciation Day at Northwest.

The Bearcats will don special uniforms for the game.

“It is a great honor to wear those jerseys and show our support for the troops and everyone overseas,” Chappelear said.

For more information, please contact:

Media Relations Department, Northwest Athletics | 660.562.1118 | Fax: 660.562.1582

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